Throughout the holiday as speculation continues about his future with the Seahawks, receiver DK Metcalf said all the right things, explaining as recently as a month ago “We’re in a good place. I’m in a good place.”
But actions may speak louder than words.
A source confirmed to the Seattle Times that with the new contract not complete, Metcalf will skip the mandatory mini-camp in Seattle this week. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported that Metcalf would skip the junior camp. Metcalf wasn’t on the field on Tuesday when Seattle held its first of three mini-camps this week, which are mandatory.
A source also told The Times that Metcalfe is not given an excused absence, which means he can be fined up to $93,000 if he skips all of the small camp – he can be fined increasing amounts for each day he doesn’t attend. Teams can waive fines if they choose to.
Seattle will also hold rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not speak to the media after Tuesday’s training, so there has been no official word from the team regarding Metcalfe’s absence.
Even if he was present, Metcalfe was not expected to be on the field as he continues to recover from off-season foot surgery; Rapoport reports that Metcalfe in Los Angeles continues his rehab work.
Interestingly, Metcalfe has been in Seattle for at least some of the team’s voluntary program, which began on April 18, with the team posting photos of him in the building. Carroll spoke in April of the positive statement he believes Metcalfe was making by appearing on the volunteer portion of the Offseason program.
“I know he’s really excited to be back,” Carroll said in April.
“He’s still recovering from surgery, but he’s involved in everything we’re doing. He’s really tuned in. I’m really happy to see the way he’s come back to us – there’s a lot of things to come in the future and all of that. He seems to be very focused on what’s happening now and be in A situation that allows him to help the other players when we start. So he showed a really good mentality about coming back.”
Metcalf has not been visible during three OTA (Organized Team Activity) exercises open to the media over the past two weeks.
The Rapoport report does not appear to give any room for maneuver that Metcalf is sitting out for any reason other than the precarious state of the contract, writing Metcalf “is not in the obligatory junior camp, as contract talks have yet to yield a new deal.”
Appearing on the “Club Shay Shay Podcast” with former NFL player Shannon Sharp in late April, Metcalfe expressed confidence in signing a new deal soon.
“I’d say we’re going to get something done,” Metcalf said. “I think I’ll be in Seattle for years to come, yes sir.”
24-year-old Metcalf is entering the final season of his four-year junior deal and is set to make $3.986 million this year with a maximum of $4.3 million after qualifying for a proven performance escalator.
Metcalf is likely to go for an extension similar to the one the Eagles recently gave AJ Brown — four years up to $100 million with a $39.9 million guarantee upon signing and $57.2 million guaranteed overall.
Metcalf played with Brown on Ole Miss and the two share an agent, CAA Sports’ Tori Dandy.
Dandy also represents 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel who requested a deal, and like Metcalf and Brown, he is also poised to extend into the final year of his junior deal.
Carroll said after the NFL draft that the team hoped to secure an off-season deal with Metcalfe.
“We’ve been (on) the big wavelength going forward and hopefully everything will work out,” Carroll said.
The lack of Metcalf on the field anyway during the junior camp could mean the team isn’t too concerned about staying apart at the moment.
Seattle often waited for extensions to take place in the summer, near training camp or early in camp, like safety Jamal Adams a year ago — he fell in mid-August — or Bobby Wagner in 2019, when he signed a few days into camp.
Asked by Sharp if he would consider exiting the training camp if no deal was reached, Metcalfe said: “I don’t expect that to happen.”
Despite this, Metcalfe could follow both Adams and Wagner’s position of showing up at camp but not participating in field drills until the contract is signed.
For now, the wait for a new deal continues.